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Monday, November 1, 2010

Legalize It! Peter Tosh Family Endorses Prop 19


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"Some call it tampee. Some call it weed. Some call it marijuana. Some of them call it ganja. Legalize it; don't criticize it. Legalize it, and I will advertise it."
​When reggae legend Peter Tosh released the song and album "Legalize It" in 1976, a new anthem for the marijuana movement was born. And that same year, as a newly licensed 16-year-old driver, Legalize It was one of the first 8-track tapes (I know, LOL) I ever bought.

Now, in 2010, the family of Peter Tosh is, for the first time, coming out and announcing its strong support of California's Proposition 19 and the Just Say Now campaign to legalize marijuana nationwide, reports Michael Whitney at Just Say Now.

Part of that support is the launch of a new video from Peter Tosh's son Dave, intended to help mobilize voters to vote November 2, and to organize supporters to call voters for Prop 19 this weekend.

Peter Tosh's family released this statement:

Today, as Peter Tosh did back in 1976 with the release of Legalize It, the Peter Tosh Estate proudly speaks out for marijuana legalization. They do this in the name of Peter Tosh, his music, and their strong belief in the power of "Yes" on California's Proposition 19. Join them in the fight for legalization by supporting the Just Say Now campaign.

In the video, Dave Tosh endorses Prop 19:

My name is Dave Tosh. Peter Tosh has been a lifelong advocate for the legalization of marijuana. The song "Legalize It" from the album of the same name became the anthem and rally cry across the globe. On November 2nd, California can help make this dream a reality. Vote "Yes" on Proposition 19.

"On behalf of Just Say Now, I can say that we are deeply honored Mr. Tosh's family is carrying on the same legacy that marked his living years: speaking up for those whose voices weren't as prominent," said Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

"He was an early pioneer not only in music, but also in speaking out for marijuana legalization," Houston said.

"It truly is an honor to have the endorsement and support from the Peter Tosh family in these final days for the Proposition 19 campaign," said Whitney of Just Say Now. "Join us in the last four days to pass Prop 19: sign up to call young voters and put Prop 19 over the top."